National Mall

National Mall

At the National Mall for Obama's Inauguration

January 28, 2009, 8:00 am

The debate goes on about how many people attended the Barack Obama inauguration. But all accounts agree between one and two million people from all over the world braved the sub-freezing temperatures of Washington. And no matter what count you use, the inauguration probably stands as the largest winter outdoor gathering in the history of the National Mall and Capitol grounds, hallowed ground that has seen so many marches, festivals, parades, protests, military events and 4th of July celebrations.